Books

What Abbey’s ‘Desert Solitaire’ means in these trying times
What Abbey’s ‘Desert Solitaire’ means in these trying times
The book turns 50 this year, and is more relevant now than ever.
On grappling with a past shadowed by violence
On grappling with a past shadowed by violence
Two books examine the relationship people have with painful family histories.
The iconic bird of the ‘Sagebrush Sea’
The iconic bird of the ‘Sagebrush Sea’
A new book shows the life cycle of sage grouse in their natural habitat.
A new way to understand 60s counterculture
A new way to understand 60s counterculture
A collection of personal stories and photos documents alternative lifestyles in the Southwest.
Following the path of the mythical Raven
Following the path of the mythical Raven
Alaska’s writer laureate crosses boundaries and rediscovers home.
Vignettes of vessels crafted in the Southwest
Vignettes of vessels crafted in the Southwest
Photos display an array of pottery made by Native American artists.
How we risked losing the West
How we risked losing the West
A look back at how range science misled land managers.
The mystery of owls, revealed
The mystery of owls, revealed
A deep look at 53 owl species, their habitats, mating rituals and more.
What a doctor learns after a life’s work
What a doctor learns after a life’s work
A pediatrician reflects on his work in Navajo Nation.
What the last eclipse tells us about the 19th-century West
What the last eclipse tells us about the 19th-century West
A new book by a self-proclaimed umbraphile tells the story of a West in shadow.
The meaning behind the stones of Big Sur
The meaning behind the stones of Big Sur
Spanning eras, coastal rocks inspire a poet and photographer.
Why we should celebrate unlovely fish
Why we should celebrate unlovely fish
An angler documents his pursuit of the uglier species.
Podcast: Eccentric communes go mainstream
Podcast: Eccentric communes go mainstream
Desert love, the original tiny houses and Joan Didion’s West.
Cartographers have been making bad maps for centuries
Cartographers have been making bad maps for centuries
A new volume of maps shows the evolution of how we understand geography.
Steinbeck’s Cannery Row, revisited
Steinbeck’s Cannery Row, revisited
A new book examines six decades of transformation in Monterey, California.
See the bay ‘where water is gold’
See the bay ‘where water is gold’
Photos by Carl Johnson illustrate the cost of building the Pebble Mine in Alaska.
‘My Montana’: Depictions that resist Western myths
‘My Montana’: Depictions that resist Western myths
The works of painter Theodore Waddell, a rancher and Montanan.
Why are coyotes so polarizing?
Why are coyotes so polarizing?
A new book seeks to make sense of the hated canid’s history.
Learning to live with bears
Learning to live with bears
Two books examine our evolving relationship with bears.
What is owed to a damaged river?
What is owed to a damaged river?
A new book illustrates the Duwamish’s difficult path to recovery.
Love, loss and nuclear reactors
Love, loss and nuclear reactors
Two new books explore the perspectives of women during the West’s nuclear boom.
At home with the ‘unsettlers’
At home with the ‘unsettlers’
A new book features characters who have gone far beyond what most of us consider ‘good enough.’
Nature got your heart?
Nature got your heart?
These photos tell the story of writer John Nichols’ love affair with the wild.

 
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